Google Maps is lowering its API usage fees and eliminating the distinction between styled and regular maps and associated tiered pricing in a bid the stem the flow of high profile companies opting to employ alternative and free open source mapping solutions instead.
Google has today announced the expansion of its Business Photos program, allowing businesses to add a Street View style virtual tour of their premises on Google Maps and on their Google Places listing.
Apple launched iPhoto for iPad yesterday, complete with the usual integrated mapping features. However, unlike its desktop counterpart, iPhoto for iOS uses OpenStreetMap (OSM) data, with Apple apparently deciding to ditch Google Maps on this product.
Foursquare has ditched Google Maps in favour of MapBox using OpenStreetMap data, citing Google Maps pricing as a primary concern. Google Maps began charging some of its biggest API users, like foursquare, last October.